Monday, December 30, 2013

Revising History

A reviewer of Edward Gibbon's Decline and Fall writes:

Historians love revision. It's why so few histories of the 19th century endure; new evidence and interpretations render them useless.
Factually it looks correct but it is an incomplete assessment. Life has a purpose and even history has to be looked from that perspective. That is the correct perspective to adopt towards life in general and essential for history.

And history written with that perspective will be endurable.